‘Let's Get It On’ is the typical go-to for getting busy to the king of soul, and frankly it's not the wrong choice. ‘Sexual Healing,’ however, is a groovier, more nuanced jam: its hypnotic rhythm is more fully realized, and the Gaye of this track is clearly more wizened in the medicinal properties of lovemaking. It was also, notably, the crooner's last big hit before his untimely death: one last essential track guaranteed to fuel sweaty nights for generations to come.
Sure, Netflix and chill is cool, but nothing sets the mood like a good sexy song. Sex and music are the Beyoncé and Jay-Z of popular culture, but picking the right music is crucial. Pick a silky-smooth slow jam, and you’re likely in for an awesome night. Turn on some Weird Al or death metal? You’ve got a slammed door in your future.
In 2023, not long after we were social-distancing and quarantining in very un-sexy pods, we just want to touch each other, period. But for many of us, it’s been a while. So if you’re overwhelmed, we’re here to help. Below, you’ll find the 60 best sexy songs to set a steamy mood. Some are about making love outright, others are more subtly devious. Regardless, they’re sure to get your heart – and other organs – racing.
Written by Bruce Tantum, Sophie Harris, Marley Lynch, Andy Kryza, Rachel Sonis, Hank Schteamer, Steve Smith and Matthew Singer, updated by Alessandra Schade.